Saturday, May 17, 2014

Summer Crisis Program for Ohio 2014--Help for Cooling Your House

Though there are scattered frost warnings out right now, the summer crisis season for cooling will begin in Ohio in a few weeks.  This is the period from July 1st through August 31st when people living within 175% of the poverty level will be eligible for help paying their electric bills, combined with possible fans or air conditioning units.  To be eligible, you not only have to be within 175% of the poverty level, but have at least one member of your household at least 60 years old OR someone with a verifiable medical condition. 

The total amount of aid you can get is up to $175, and that may include either up to 2 fans or a window air conditioning unit if you have not received one since 2010.  You apply at your local community action agency,  and you apply using the HEAP form.  For more information, call (800) 282-0880 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Many other states have summer cooling programs with different benefits and requirements.  To find the heating assistance program in your state, see this website and contact your state officials.

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